Man Utd could get Benjamin Sesko transfer update today as star’s agent holds key meeting

Manchester United could get an update as soon as today about whether they are likely to be able to sign Benjamin Sesko from RB Salzburg as his agent is reportedly holding a meeting with RB Leipzig director Oliver Mintzlaff, who is the main figurehead of the Red Bull Group. The Red Devils are said to have put forward an offer for the Slovenia striker.

United begin their new Premier League campaign on Sunday as they take on Brighton at Old Trafford. But new manager Erik ten Hag will be without Anthony Martial after the France international injured his hamstring. With Cristiano Ronaldo already revealing his desire to quit the north west giants, United appear to have a paucity of options to lead their frontline.

Marcus Rashford is expected to start in a central position for the clash with the Seagulls – but Ten Hag is in desperate need of reinforcements if he wants to compete with the best sides in the top-flight this campaign.

And, according to Slovenian outlet Sportklub, United have made a concrete offer for Sesko. The 19-year-old bagged 11 goals last season and is viewed as one of the most promising attackers in European football.

A whole host of top clubs, including Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Tottenham and Newcastle are reportedly interested in signing the ace. And transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed on Twitter that the teenager’s agent Elvis Basanovic plans to discuss a move away for his player during today’s meeting.

Sesko moved to Salzburg from Domzale in his homeland three summers ago, joining at a time when Erling Haaland was banging in the goals for the Austrian giants. The youngster then spent two seasons on loan at Red Bull feeder club Liefering, before returning to Salzburg last summer and signing a contract to commit his future to the club until 2026.

Sesko, who is 6ft 4in, helped his current employers retain their Austrian Bundesliga title last time around and also played six matches in the Champions League. He was handed his Slovenia debut last June and became his country’s youngest ever scorer when he found the back of the net in a clash against Malta last October.

If United can thrash out a deal to take Sesko to Manchester, the player could add an extra bow to the team’s attack. Ten Hag has brought in three new faces so far this summer, but two of those have been defenders. And with the Premier League looking as strong as its ever been, the Dutchman will need all the firepower he can get.

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    Erik ten Hag opted to make just one change from the team which started that match with Cristiano Ronaldo replacing Scott McTominay. That meant the United boss went with Fred and Christian Eriksen playing in the deeper midfield positions behind Bruno Fernandes.

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    Martinez found himself in a mismatch with Ben Mee at the backpost, who bundled in from just a yard out as the United defender fell to the floor. Mbeumo then added a fourth minutes later as United’s entire starting line-up dropped their heads.

    Neville and Jamie Redknapp took aim at all of United’s players from their first-half display, but it was Martinez who began trending for all the wrong reasons among fans watching.

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  • 12 минут назад 13.08.2022Sport
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    The Mercedes star posted photos to Twitter and Instagram showcasing his travels, exploring everything on offer in Rwanda. He even found a goat and labelled it his ‘new best friend’ among a number of images and videos.

    On Instagram, Hamilton wrote: “How does one describe such an experience that leaves you so speechless? My second stop was Rwanda. We were welcomed with smiles and music from the beautiful Rwandan people. This trip really showed me how diverse and rich in culture it is here.

    “We hiked up through beautiful green fields where children would sing to us and up a volcano where we found Gorillas. What a sight it was to see them in their natural habitat relaxed and protected by the community around them. This is where they should be, in their own homes free to live their lives in peace.

    “It was a profound and truly moving experience. I’m in love with this country. Thank you for having us, I can’t wait to come back.”

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  • 12 минут назад 13.08.2022Sport
    Jamie Redknapp slams two Erik ten Hag decisions as Man Utd shell-shocked by Brentford

    Jamie Redknapp claims ‘someone needs to take responsibility’ for Manchester United’s first-half mauling at the hands of Brentford on Saturday. The former Liverpool and England midfielder also slammed two of Erik ten Hag’s decisions as the Dutchman endured a nightmare start to the game in West London, watching on from the sidelines as the team conceded four goals in quick succession.

    United’s nightmare afternoon was up and running inside 10 minutes as Josh Dasilva’s shot from the edge of the box slithered through David De Gea’s grasp and into the net. A tame attempt to pass out from the back was then pounced on by Brentford with Christian Eriksen at fault as Mathias Jensen doubled the home side’s lead.

    Red Devils new boy Lisandro Martinez was then overpowered from a corner as Ben Mee towered above him at the far post to head home. That goal will have hurt the former Ajax star and his boss, having faced criticism for splashing out £57million on a 5ft 9in centre-back who many have claimed won’t be able to cope with the physical demands of the Premier League.

    A sweeping Brentford move saw Bryan Mbeumo slide home a fourth within 35 minutes, stunning the travelling United fans into silence and prompting a wave of criticism at the interval. Redknapp was keen to draw attention to two of Ten Hag’s decisions surrounding Martinez and Eriksen.

    “I don’t think I’ve seen 45 minutes in the Premier League like this,” he told Sky Sports. “Brentford have won every second ball, every challenge and they’ve been too strong for Man Utd. Martinez shouldn’t be marking [Ivan] Toney. Someone has got to take responsibility.

    “I cannot believe what I’m watching from this Man Utd team. They just look like a team that have been given the badge and then thrown out there. Martinez, not strong enough as a central defender and getting bullied. Eriksen isn’t a defensive midfielder. They’re two decisions that the manager has made.”

    Ten Hag admitted that he has a ‘hell of a job’ on his hands after losing his competitive dugout debut to Brighton at Old Trafford last weekend. A first-half double from Pascal Gross caught the home crowd off guard and an own goal from Alexis Mac Allister after the interval was not enough to prevent the Seagulls’ first-ever win on United’s turf.

    The Dutchman is also having a tough time behind the scenes with key vacancies still to be filled in midfield and attack. A drawn-out pursuit of Frenkie de Jong may still come to nothing due to the player’s apparent desire to stay at Barcelona and a lack of attacking transfer options has seen United turn to the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Alvaro Morata, which hasn’t been well-received by fans.

    There are also issues to be resolved in the cases of Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford. The former requested to leave Old Trafford last month and crunch talks at Carrington supposedly failed to change his mind.

    The latter is the subject of serious interest from Paris Saint-Germain with reports indicating that a bid and contract proposal are in the pipeline. Two more attacking departures would leave Ten Hag with a mountain to climb in terms of making sure he has enough firepower to compete with the Premier League’s big hitters this season.

  • 12 минут назад 13.08.2022Sport
    Emma Raducanu vs Serena Williams given blockbuster billing in blow to Brit fans

    Emma Raducanu and Serena Williams have received primetime billing for their blockbuster first-round clash in Cincinnati. The 19-year-old will be one of the 23-time Grand Slam champion’s final opponents after Williams announced that she would soon be retiring, but British fans will struggle to watch the US Open champion face off against the woman seen as one of the greatest players of all time.

    Raducanu has received one of her toughest draws yet, as she will come up against former world No 1 and 73-time title winner Williams at the Western and Southern Open. The first – and likely last – meeting between the US Open champion and legend of the sport is the most anticipated opening round of the Cincinnati tournament, made even more special given the American’s impending retirement.

    And the match will receive the blockbuster treatment it deserves, with Western and Southern Open organisers already confirming that the world No 10 will face the 40-year-old in Monday’s night session. Following the draw, the tournament said the match-ups were “highlighted by 23-time Major champion, Serena Williams taking on 2021 US Open winner Emma Raducanu in a match that is scheduled for Monday night.”

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    “Her career is incredible,” Raducanu said during the Canadian Open. “She’s achieved so much so to see her around during this US Open swing is really inspiring. She keeps playing because she obviously loves the game.

    “The longevity of her career is something that a lot of the players, especially me, can aspire to. She definitely changed the game. There’s never been someone who’s dominated like her.”

  • 59 минут назад 13.08.2022Sport
    ‘He has made mistakes’: Jamie Redknapp blames Erik ten Hag for Man United’s first-half at Brentford

    Jamie Redknapp has blamed Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag for their 4-0 thumping away at Brentford.

    The Red Devils were completely dismantled within the first 45 minutes of the game, as Josh Dasilva, Ben Mee, Bryan Mbuemo and Mathias Jensen all scored past a helpless David de Gea.

    Even though there were errors leading to some of these goals, from the United players, Redknapp insists that it was ten Hag who ‘made mistakes’ at the Brentford Community Stadium.

    Speaking at half-time, Redknapp said: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever seen a half quite like this. Brentford have just been too strong for United. Someone has got to take responsibility.

    ‘I cannot believe what I am watching. They’ve got the badge on but they look like they’ve just been thrown out there. The manager has made mistakes. Eriksen cannot play in defensive midfield and Martinez is not strong enough.’

    Redknapp’s complain on Eriksen was validated by the fact the Dane was caught in possession on the edge of his area by Mathias Jensen, who capitalised on the mistake with a goal.

    Redknapp also took aim at United’s new signing Lisandro Martinez, who was easily beaten to the ball for Ben Mee’s goal.

    The Argentinian defender was hooked at half-time as ten Hag looked to find a way back into the game – at which point Redknapp suggested that Martinez is ‘not strong enough’.

    Expectations were high for Martinez, who was one of United’s top transfer priorities this summer, but the United No. 6 has struggled with the physicality of the Premier League since moving to Old Trafford.

    The 24-year-old completed a £55.3million move to the Red Devils in July, having won two Eredivisie titles and the Dutch Cup during his three-year stay at Ajax.

    Despite only being in charge for two competitive games so far, ten Hag is already under a mounting pressure at Old Trafford.

    Their 2-1 defeat to Brighton in their Premier League season opener left fans with a sour taste in their mouth, but hopeful things would be different in their trip to west London. They were not.

    Things don’t get much easier for the Dutchman, who must welcome Jurgen Klopp and his side to Old Trafford next weekend.

  • 2 часа, 12 минут назад 13.08.2022Sport
    Emma Raducanu’s new coach Dmitry Tursunov caught up in Russian propaganda – ‘He is ours’

    Emma Raducanu is continuing to find herself in tricky territory after hiring Russian coach Dmitry Tursunov. There were fears the country would use his link with the US Open champion to further their own agenda, and the country’s tennis federation has now fired back after he started working with the 19-year-old on a trial basis, claiming him as their own.

    Raducanu linked up with Tursunov for the recent Citi Open in Washington, months after splitting with coach Torben Beltz. Her decision to hire the former pro came with controversy due to his Russian origin, as the chair of the all Parliamentary group on Russia shared his fears that the world No 10 could get caught up in the country’s propaganda.

    And it seems the Bromley local is already in an uncomfortable situation as the president of the Russian Tennis Federation staked his claim over Tursunov, despite his new partnership with the Brit. “He is ours, he happens at our training camps, we do not leave him, we support him,” Shamil Tarpishchev said, per TACC.

    The RTF boss also stood by the former world No 20 despite his decision to work with Raducanu instead of helping the country’s local talent. He continued: “The question of whom he trains is the personal opinion of the athlete. We once offered him to work, just like Chesnokov, but he chose a different path, it is more profitable to train one of the leading athletes today.”

    Tarpishchev’s words come after Labour MP and chair of the all Parliamentary group on Russia Chris Bryant urged the British No 1 to reconsider her decision to enlist Tursonov for a trial. “The Kremlin will portray this as a PR coup and an indication that the UK doesn’t really care about the war in Ukraine, so it’ll be a real shame if Emma goes ahead with this,” he told Telegraph Sport.

    “I urge her to think again and at the very least to condemn Putin’s barbaric war.” Raducanu herself has said little on her recept link-up with the retired pro, as he joined her for the tournament in Washington but was not with her this week in Toronto, where he had pre-existing commitments.

    Tursunov became a free agent when he parted ways with world No 2 Anett Kontaveir earlier this year, after it was reported that he was struggling to obtain visas to travel for the tour as a result of his Russian citizenship.

    Before leading the Estonian to a first appearance at the WTA Finals and a top five debut, Tursunov worked with former world No 2 Aryna Sabalenka. And if his trial with Raducanu proves successful, he could join the reigning US Open champion in Flushing Meadows for her title defence.

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